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Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries) (edition 1999)

by Kristiana Gregory

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Title:Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries)
Authors:Kristiana Gregory
Info:Scholastic Inc. (1999), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:5th grade books

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This was a pretty good YA historical fiction about Cleopatra.  This was better than some of the others in the Royal Diaries series I've read.  The story was well-researched and the main character was very interesting.  Gregory really tried to capture Cleopatra's daily life as well as the main events in her life as a young princess.  The historical note tells the reader what parts were embellished" and what was taken from fact.  This was good enough to recommend to my students." ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
The "My royal story" series is the newest collection of books by Scholastic giving younger readers an introduction to the private lives of real royal-born girls from various periods in history. This particular book in the series is written as Cleopatra's diary from the age of twelve to fifteen. It captures her intelligence, fears and hopes as she strives to reach her ambition to be Queen of the Nile despite the dangers that continually surround her. A quick, easy read, it gives an interesting insight into royal life in 56 BC Egypt that will satisfy "My story" fans. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
As this was my first Royal Diary I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was happy to see they still have the same charm that Dear America and My Name is America has. I really enjoyed it. I went through it pretty quickly once I sat down to actually read it. I thought it was well written and kept me intrigued and wanting read. 4.5 out of 5 stars. I loved it. ( )
  Beammey | Dec 9, 2015 |
This book is the "diary" of the Egyptian princess Cleoparta VII. Cleopatra's father, the pharaoh, is not liked by the people of Egypt, and she suspects her older sister Tryphaeana is trying to kill her. But her father wants to sail to Rome and get help from the Romans, who are their enemies. I like this book because it is from Cleoparta's point of view, and it really shows what she would wonder about and have to face. It also got me interested in ancient Egyptian history. ( )
  nariya.rose | Oct 19, 2014 |
My daughter, who is about to embark upon studying Ancient Egypt in her 6th grade social studies class, borrowed this book from the school library for both me and for herself. it's an engaging read, but I'd actually like to go back and cross-check it with Schiffman's biography to see if Cleopatra did indeed travel to Rome with her father to enlist Pompey as his ally. As an adult who has read her biography, I found the encounters and flirtations between the preteen/teenage Cleopatra and the adult Marc Antony more than a bit contrived. However, if it gets my 10-year-old daughter more enthusiastic about her 6th grade history class (and about reading history in general), I'm fine with the bit of storytelling truth-stretching. ( )
  VikkiLaw | Apr 4, 2013 |
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The Queen of Sheba so desired in her heart to have knowledge, that she rode by caravan all the way to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon, the wisest man on Earth. Queen Esther of Persia saved her Jewish people from slaughter by bravely standing before King Xerxes. Nefertiti, she, too, was brave. These queens were once as young as I am now, and they didn't have a Library or Mouseion in which to study. I am most fortunate.
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I could feel my insides shaking. Would this sister try to poison me? Yes, I believe so. As for my other older sister. Berenice—never! She and I adore each other even though I am eight years younger.

I took the cup and raised it toward Tryphaena as if toasting her, but really I was watching the liquid, looking for oil floating on its surface, or powder sticking to the sides of the cup. If I suspected poison and tossed it into the pool, she would have her guards behead me on the spot. If it was indeed poison, one sip and I could die…

My eyes closed as I took the first sip, as if savoring such an excellent taste, but really my thought was, O Isis, I am afraid…. My stomach turned with nervousness, or was it from a fearsome death beginning in me?
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The year is 57 B.C., and 12-year-old Cleopatra, Princess of the Nile, has a lot on her mind. Her father, the Pharaoh of Egypt, nearly died when a venomous adder meant for him attacked and killed his favorite servant. Now the Pharaoh has gone into hiding, hunted by his enemies, and the young princess has to keep her head--literally--as her power-hungry older sister Tryphaena threatens to grab her father's throne.

"I took the cup and raised it toward Tryphaena as if toasting her, but really I was watching the liquid, looking for oil floating on its surface, or powder sticking to the sides of the cup. If I suspected poison and tossed it into the pool, she would have her guards behead me on the spot. If it was indeed poison, one sip and I could die..."

In an elegantly written royal diary, Cleopatra VII has recorded every rich detail from this tumultuous time: her hairsbreadth escape by boat to Rome, where she and her father must plead for help; her struggle to absorb the overwhelming sights (and smells) of this new city and its "barbarian" ways; and her poise and quick thinking as she deals with the likes of General Pompey, Marc Antony, and the famous orator Cicero ("words fly from him like darts!").

Kristiana Gregory, a contributor to the excellent Dear America series, has done an admirable job ghostwriting for the princess, painting an engaging portrait of a resourceful, intelligent, compassionate young woman forged by the forces of her time. The book concludes with a helpful section of maps, portraits, a Pharaonic family tree, and 20 pages of illustrations. (Ages 8 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.

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